Making Your Money Matter https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com Create a life you love, one dollar at a time Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:21:54 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 103358307 Understanding Your Marginal Tax Rate (And Why It’s Essential to Know!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/marginal-tax-rate/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/marginal-tax-rate/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 02:02:15 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5070 Ignorance certainly isn’t bliss when it comes to anything in personal finance, and that’s especially true for taxes. Sure, you can hire someone to complete your tax returns for you. But you are the one making the day-to-day decisions that will impact the numbers that ultimately go on the tax form. Now that your taxes […]

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What Personal Finance Questions Do You Have? {My 2018 Blog Survey} https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/personal-finance-questions-2018-blog-survey/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/personal-finance-questions-2018-blog-survey/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:42:57 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5053 Today we have something different other than just a regular blog post. You may have noticed that it’s especially quiet here on the blog over the last couple months. While I’ve tried to keep up with everything as much as possible–raising a young family, work, life–I’m absolutely swamped. Tax season is in full swing and […]

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Guest Post: The Steps I’m Taking to Reach Fire https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/guest-post-steps-im-taking-reach-fire/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/guest-post-steps-im-taking-reach-fire/#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2018 03:15:09 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5032 Today I have a guest post from my friend, Rob, who blogs at Mustard Seed Money. Rob is an accountant for the federal government with a passion for all things personal finance. He created the website Mustard Seed Money and the course Reaching FIRE, both of which emphasize sound financial education and advice. If you […]

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A Quick Start Guide to Using YNAB in 2018 https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/ynab-quick-start-guide-2018/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/ynab-quick-start-guide-2018/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:08:03 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5016 Because the principles behind YNAB are different than traditional budgeting, it can be a little tricky to get started. However, once you take the first steps to figure it all out, it’s a game changer for your money. Here’s exactly what you need to do to get set up and start using YNAB. It’s been […]

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How I’m Simplifying My Finances This Year https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/simplifying-finances/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/simplifying-finances/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:15:55 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4998 Last year, my word of the year was “enough”. I was frequently able to express gratitude for the things I already owned and realize how much abundance I had in my life. Overall, I bought fewer things and saved more money. I also said, “enough” to many things that were not helping me build a better […]

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What To Do Next If You’re About to Give Up On Your 2018 Money Goals https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/what-do-no-next-if-youre-about-to-give-up-on-your-2018-money-goals/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/what-do-no-next-if-youre-about-to-give-up-on-your-2018-money-goals/#comments Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:30:49 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4942 If you’ve already abandoned some of your New Year’s money resolutions, don’t despair. A whopping 80% of us give up on our goals by mid-February. So, what’s our problem?! It’s not always just a lack of motivation or focus that keep us from achieving our goals. Sometimes, it’s simply not making the right goals in […]

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The Why, What and How of Filing Your Own Taxes (From a CPA!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/filing-taxes-why-what-how/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/filing-taxes-why-what-how/#comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:18:59 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4960 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure and privacy policy here. It’s officially here: that time of year that tax nerds like myself get all geeked up for tax season. I realize though that the rest of the population may be less than excited to file their taxes. The big question you may […]

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The 5 Essential Tools I Used to Increase My Net Worth by 21% in 2017 https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/5-essential-personal-finance-tools/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/5-essential-personal-finance-tools/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:30:12 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4807 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure and privacy policy here. 2017 was a great year for the stock market. The increase in the market helped significantly in increasing my net worth by 21% last year. However, only about half of this increase was due to market gains. The remaining amount was […]

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How a Vision Board Will Help You Conquer Your 2018 Money Goals (Plus: Free Templates!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/financial-vision-board/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/financial-vision-board/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4646 It can be so difficult to stay focused on long-term money goals like retirement. Realistically, it can be hard enough to consistently meet short-term goals like managing cash flow on a day-to-day basis (I’m sure it’s not just me!). A visual representation of goals is the best way to keep all your objectives front and […]

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You Need a Financial Plan, Not Just an Investment Plan https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/you-need-a-financial-plan-not-just-an-investment-plan/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/you-need-a-financial-plan-not-just-an-investment-plan/#comments Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4140 Today I’m guest posting over at Mustard Seed Money. I’ve included a brief snippet below, but please click over to read the whole post!   Have you ever seen an absolutely amazing looking dessert that you just couldn’t wait to try but then was super disappointed when you bit into it and it tasted simply […]

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